Have you even been trolled online? Been called an offensive name, purposely embarrassed, even threaten? Or maybe a stranger made an unwelcomed comment about your appearance. Well you’re not alone.
A new Angus Reid Poll shows 25 per cent of Canadians have been trolled on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Twenty-five per cent of those people says their experiences have had real-world consequences.
Who is being harassed?
The Survey found people who are of visible minority or part of the LGBTQ community are more likely to experience harassment.
And 33 per cent say they’ve been harassed multiple times.
People who were considered “super users” also are more likely than other groups to report having been harassed on social media.
The poll defines super users as those who have multiple media accounts and check them throughout the day.
Types of harassment
People reported specific types of harassment, the most common was being called offensive names.
It may not come as a surprise that more than half of respondents say social media platforms aren’t doing enough to fight back.
Some reported that the threat of some type of online harassment kept them from participating in online communities.